Fracking forum, rally to be held in Rockingham County

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. – Residents will get a chance to voice their concerns about possible fracking regulations in a public meeting to be held Monday.

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is seeking input from the public on proposed rules for oil and gas development.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Rockingham County High School in Wentworth.

Also on Monday, opponents to fracking are organizing a Frack Free NC rally at 4:15 p.m. in front of Rockingham County High School.

Fracking is a method of extracting oil and gas by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act, the bill permitting fracking, into law in June of this year.

Permits could be issued for fracking as early as next spring.

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